What's the difference between the two? Fundamentally, cacao powder is raw, and cocoa powder has been roasted at a high heat. Of the two, cacao powder is the more nutritionally rich as it retains its enzyme content, however both cacao and cocoa are beneficial for health overall. Health benefits include potentially reducing risks of stroke, reducing blood pressure, neuroprotective benefits, and protection against toxins (antioxidant). The most well known benefits of cacao and cocoa are of course its aphrodisiac properties and ability to improve cognitive function and mood. With all these health benefits, what's not to love!